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HORN FROM THE HEART: The Paul Butterfield Story

Abramorama acquires distribution rights to 'HORN FROM THE HEART'

Abramorama has bought the global distribution rights to John Anderson and Sandra Warren's Horn From The Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story, the feature-length documentary about the legendary Chicago bluesman. The roll-out begins with a limited US theatrical run in late August 2018. Read the announcement in Variety here.

'HORN FROM THE HEART' Named #1 Rock Documentary of 2017

Horn From The Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story, has been named the "#1 Rock Documentary of 2017' by noted author and journalist Richie Unterberger. Read the complete story here

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Horn From The Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story has played to sold-out audiences at film and blues festivals across the country.

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John Anderson Appears on "Swinging Through The Sixties" Podcast

John Anderson, Grammy-nominated director of the "Brian Wilson Presents SMiLE LiVE" DVD (Rhino Home Video), joins Richard Buskin, Erik Taros, Allan Kozinn and Craig Bartock for a wide-ranging discussion of Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys' "SMiLE".

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In October 2017, the film had its Chicago premiere at the First Annual Logan Center Bluesfest. The screening was held at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, located in Paul’s original Hyde Park neighborhood.  The screening was preceded by a musical performance by Sam Lay, Corky Siegel and Mark Naftalin, who joined the Q&A afterwards alongside producer Sandra Warren and director John Anderson.

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"Horn From The Heart" closed the 9th Annual Chicago International Movies and Music Festival with a sold out screening at the north side’s Davis Theatre in November 2017.  Participating in the Q&A were blues legend Billy Boy Arnold, Paul’s sister-in-law Pam Butterfield, Paul’s niece Jessie Butterfield and director John Anderson.



The film made its Northern California premiere at the 40th Annual Mill Valley Film Festival in October 2017. Participants at the Q&A included Paul’s former wife Kathy Butterfield, his son Lee Butterfield, Paul’s friend and collaborator Nick Gravenites, producer Sandra Warren and director John Anderson.



The 26th Annual Woods Hole Film Festival played host to the film at a packed house in Falmouth, MA in August 2017.  Noted Author and Radio Host Tom Reney and musician James Montgomery joined producer Sandra Warren and director John Anderson for the Q&A.



At its world premiere at the 19th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival in April 2017, the film played to two sold-out houses and won the festival’s “Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking: Editing” Award.  Q&A participants included Paul’s son Lee Butterfield, Elektra Records Founder Jac Holzman, Barry Goldberg, Trevor Lawrence, Steve Madaio, Buzz Feiten, producer Sandra Warren and director John Anderson.

Sam Lay In Bluesland

Screening at 2017 Chicago Blues Festival Kickoff Event

The 2017 Chicago Blues Festival presented a special Festival Kick-Off screening of SAM LAY IN BLUESLAND, in June 2017 at the Claudia Cassidy Theater at The Chicago Cultural Center.  The film was preceded by a live performance with Sam Lay, Corky Siegel, and Marcy Levy (aka Marcella Detroit), who later joined Director John Anderson for a Q & A session.

The documentary film about 83-year-old blues drummer Sam Lay, starring James Cotton and Iggy Pop, is Produced by Starr Sutherland and Executive Produced by Michael Prussian for VT Productions.

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READ the Mark Frazel review

READ The Chicago Tribune article by Rick Kogan

READ the ReelChicago Article

WATCH the 2015 Chicago Tonight Segment

WATCH the 2017 Chicago Tonight Segment

HEAR Sam Lay, John Anderson and Chicago Film Archives' Nancy Watrous on WGN Radio's Nocturnal Journal with Dave Hoekstra

Brian Wilson


John directed Brian Wilson’s performance of his song “Love & Mercy” that appears in the Golden Globe-nominated Lionsgate feature film by the same name. Following the film’s 2015 premiere, Acoustic Magazine talked to Anderson about working with the musical icon.

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SEE The Chicago Tonight WTTW-TV segment where John discusses his work with Brian Wilson

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Cornerstones of Rock

A PBS Special

A PBS Special featuring eight iconic 1960s and ‘70s rock bands, CORNERSTONES OF ROCK made its network premiere in 2016.  John directed and edited the interviews used throughout the program with members of The Buckinghams, The Standells, The Shadows of Knight, The McCoys, The Cryan’ Shames, The American Breed, The New Colony Six and The Ides of March.


Born in Chicago

Sold-out Screening at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles

In May 2015, The Clive Davis Theater at The Grammy Museum played host to the Los Angeles premiere of BORN IN CHICAGO.

The evening also included a Q&A moderated by rock and roll publicist Bob Merlis and featuring stars of the film Barry Goldberg, Corky Siegel, Sam Lay and Elvin Bishop, alongside producer Timm Martin and director John Anderson. The Q&A was followed by a blues-rocking musical set by Goldberg, Siegel, Lay, Bishop, Marcella Detroit, Rick Reed, Zach Wagner, Jimmy Vivino and Gary Mallaber.

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Joey Molland: Badfinger, Beatles and Beyond


April 2015 saw the world premiere of the stage-and-screen event 'Joey Molland: Badfinger, Beatles and Beyond' at WIRE in Berwyn, IL.  The show, produced and directed by Kevin Allodi and John Anderson, features live performances by Badfinger's Joey Molland interwoven with never-before-seen documentary and performance film clips from throughout Joey's life and career.

The use of Badfinger's Top Ten hit 'Baby Blue' in the series finale of 'Breaking Bad' helped bring the band a whole new generation of followers, and this unique presentation offers an in-depth look at a truly unique artist.



STEVE GOODMAN Live Recording

Don't Blame Me Recorded by John Anderson
Available on mp3 and LP on Red Pajamas Records

In 1973 I was a college student in Chicago doing a weekly radio show that featured performances I recorded at various folk and blues clubs. When I saw that Steve Goodman was going to be at The Earl of Old Town at the end of March, I called the club. The owner Earl Pionke answered, and when I asked him if I could record Steve, he said I should ask him myself, gave me Steve's phone number and hung up. I dialed the number and Steve answered. He said I was wasting my life, that I should be out having fun and chasing girls, but it was OK if I brought my tape recorder on Sunday night, the final night of a weeklong engagement.

The place was packed. After a few acoustic numbers, Steve put on an electric guitar and, unannounced, brought his band onstage to close out the week with a rocking, impromptu set. It was a performance that no one there will ever forget. All I could do was watch the VU meters and hope.

The recording has now been released by Steve's record company as Don't Blame Me, available on mp3 and as a deluxe 180-gram vinyl pressing.

Don’t Blame Me
Produced by John Anderson and Steve Goodman
Recorded and Mixed by John Anderson
Special Thanks to Al Bunetta and Jon Nowak
Available here on Amazon




The Cleaning Ladys announce the 2018 release of the virtual box set DON’T MOCK THE ROCK a collection of over 200 previously unreleased audio and video performances spanning the band’s first 40 years.

In what can only be compared to Bob Dylan’s ‘Bootleg Series’ and Neil Young’s 'Archives', DON'T MOCK THE ROCK assembles for the first time the complete works of the group that has been called everything from "rock's greatest satirists" to "the most unsuccessful band of all time."


Hey Hey Hey We’re The Cleaning Ladys, Jimmy Take Your Pills, Adelphia, Intellectuals, The World Every 22 Seconds, Suburb Rock, Would You Let Me In Your Country Club?, Party Through The Nuclear War, It Was Just My Lot In Life To Have Been Born A Heterosexual, Long Dong Silver, Here Comes Mom, The Man Who Can Cry, Queen of the Drum Machine, When The Cubs Win The World Series, Father Dick, Cartoons, Whipped Cream Bikini, Rock and Roll President, Let’s Bring Back The Turtles, He’s A Hero, Club Our House, Minimal Girlfriend, Up For You, The Music Business, Hello Up There (This Is Your Penis), Young and Dumb, The Rest Stop Halfway To Heaven, Walking Time Bomb, Get To The Point, No Time For Love, Beer For Breakfast, Doin’ My Job, The Office Sexpot, Tick Tock, Working Class Hero, We Love You Pee Wee, It Hurts To Smile, The Black Seas of Alaska, Celebrities (They Think They’re Great), Needle Drop (Rock Radio For Your Funny Bone), Assembly Line, How Can You Leave Me Tonight?, Guardian Angel, Infatuation, Lisa, Paraquat, All You New York City Women Are The Same, June, Ha Ha You’re A Test Tube Baby, I’m Number One, Nuclear Disaster, Love Me, Next In Line, Mad Scientist, Heart To Heart, What’s So Funny ‘Bout Elvis Costello?, They Couldn’t Destroy Our Love, Racists Against Rock, The Razor’s Edge of Love, Kid Gloves, Girls, When You Talk My Hand’s Inside of Your Face, (I Got Your Number From A) Toilet Wall, When I Kiss You, I’m Telling You Now, Big-Muscled Husbands, Intellectuals, 43,800 Hours, Creatures From Outer Space, Billy’s Got A New Girlfriend, Drive Drive Drive, Stay Away Come Closer, Distraction, We’re Not Afraid, Runaway Train, She Won’t French Kiss, Trash TV, Are You A Man or a Mouse?, Cover Up, Real Man, Dirty Girl, Party In Your PJs, Lovers’ Manifesto, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Rock and Roll Band On Tour, Golf Club, New Is New, Where I Live, Love Statistic, I’m Happy, 1968, Steve Dahl and Garry Meier, Born-Again Rocker, We’re The NRA, Don’t Stop, Hail President Quayle, Back and Forth, Anything For A Buck, ‘Cause I’m A Blob, I Am Just A Regular Guy, The Man With The Little-Boy Smile, That Girl’s Insane, My Girl Loves Everything I Do, Midlife Crisis, High School, Dead People Can’t Sue, This Means War!, Parasite, The Worst Sex I Ever Had, Daughter, Don’t Be A Bimbo, What About Alfred?, Santa’s Drunk This Christmas, Suburban Sleaze, The Brand New Fabulous Four, The Punishment Fits The Crime, We’re The Bears, We’re Sponsored By Your Parents, Heart To Heart, Boy On The Rebound, I’m Always Chasin’ Girls, Give Up On My Girl, Stephanie, Consequences, The Honeymoon Express, Do You Know The Way To San Jose?, Up For You, Where I Live, I Always Pretend That It’s You, Honey/Honey Don’t, No Angel, Oh Mickey, Cleaning Ladys Reprise and many, many more.

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